Monday, March 6, 2006

Principles Of Jainism

Principles Of Jainism Cover Mahavira denounced the Vedas and the Brahmanical order. Jainism was opposed to the caste system and conducting of sacrifices. It preached that all its followers should refrain from hurting animal life. It also preached vegetarianism, austerity, purity of body and soul to attain liberation from the sufferings of the materialistic world. Shedding all material possessions and actions, which hurt other beings, can only attain purity. Jainism is based on three broad Principles or the three jewels (Ratnas): Right Faith, Right Knowledge, and Right Action. The followers of Jain faith have to take the Five Vows:

* Non-injury to living beings
* Truth
* Non-stealing
* Non-ownership of property
* Practice of chastity

Parsvanath, who was the 23rd Tirthankara, established the first four vows, while Mahavira added the fifth vow. Mahavira had asked his followers to shed all clothes and go about naked. This meant that the Jain monks had to observe absolute chastity and abandon all the pleasures of material life. They also had to perform rigorous asceticism along with long periods of fasting, self-mortification, Meditation and study of Jain Scriptures.

Books in PDF format to read:

John Opsopaus - Interpretationes Of Ancient Herbs
Aleister Crowley - Rights Of Man
Anonymous - Basic Principles Of The Craft